CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - Cabot High School hopes this class will lead students to become police officers or at least educate them on the criminal justice system.
The crime scene you are seeing is not real, but it's being processed in the same way law enforcement would after a real murder.
The investigators are high school seniors. Student Matt Griffin explains the crime scene.
"We have a murder suspect. We have a bunch bullet casings laying around and the numbers are representing every bullet casing that's on the ground and there's other evidence too, like the body or blood marks or anything like that."
Criminal Justice teacher Stacy Mitchell says he teaches with a hands on philosophy.
"I try not to sit in the classroom a whole lot. I don't want to loose their interest, so we'll get out here and and we'll work crime scenes, we'll do felony traffic stops, we'll do building clearing with training guns. Anything to engage the student and engage their learning that's what I want to do."
Stacy Mitchell began his career fighting crime with the Faulkner County Sheriff's Department.
Mitchell has now brought his knowledge to Cabot High School and his students are becoming inspired.
Student Joanna Douglas says she hopes to go into the field.
"I want to be a forensic scientist, so I'd be up in here most of the time, sometimes out in the field, but mostly in here."
Austin Johnson says this class will benefit him in the future.
"It gives kids a lot of knowledge who want to pursue a career in the law enforcement field and you are already so many steps ahead of some of the other kids who are going to college for law enforcement."
The class incorporates all aspects of the criminal justice system from traffic stops to processing evidence in the crime lab.
Cabot High School even received thirteen thousand dollars for high powered microscopes.
Mitchell says he hopes his class may motivate some students to show up for school.
"we can either role play or demonstrate what professionals do in the field that's how I attract most of my students.
And Student Taylor Davis says she has a new respect for law enforcement.
"I've gained a lot of appreciation because you don't realize how much that officers lay their lives down for you everyday and you don't even realize it."